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October 26, 2023

Marching Band advances to UIL State Marching Band Contest

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Drum Majors Lindsey Won, David Reyna, Sid Bellam, Ananya Balaji, and Trinay Akula Kamalesh pose with Coppell High School Principal Laura Springer on Oct 21 at Pennington Field. Coppell Marching Band competes in the UIL State Marching Band Contest on Oct. 30-31 in San Antonio. Photo courtesy Coppell High School Band

With bated breath, the Coppell High School Band directors check the results for their area competition. 

Their eyes light up when they see the results for if they are going to state.

Coppell Band is competing in the State Open Class Marching Band Contest along with Coppell Color Guard. 

Coppell Band Director Kimberly Shuttlesworth learned the band advanced to the state competition on Sunday, informing the band members soon after she found out. 

“You see how hard the kids work year in and year out, and you are just glad that people respond to that and award that,” Shuttlesworth said. “I was really happy for the students, it was a big relief.”

The state competition is Monday and Tuesday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The preliminary contest is  Monday, which includes 43 bands performing. The final announcements are Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.. 

Coppell Band received a 1 at the UIL Region Marching Band Contest on Oct. 17, and won at the UIL Area Marching Band Contest on Saturday, advancing it to the state competition.

Coppell Band performs its show “Major Scale,” which features original composed pieces, and its version of the song “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley for its ballad.

Shuttlesworth is confident in the band’s ability to stand out in its performance.

“I think if we go in and be ourselves, and play like we know how to play, I think we’ll set ourselves apart very easily,” Shuttlesworth said.

 

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Anvita Bondada is a junior and a second year staff writer on The Sidekick. She runs a small business selling press-on nails, called Nails by Anvita. Although she grew up in hot, arid Texas her favorite type of weather is rain of all kinds. In her free time, she enjoys shopping for clothes, listening to musicians such as Taylor swift and Gracie Abrams, doing her nails in a variety of styles, and playing with her dog Birkin. She enjoys watching romantic comedies, her favorites are 10 Things I Hate About You, Lala Land, and Easy A. She’s travelled a lot and her favorite location so far has been Venice and she would like to go to Greece if she got the chance.  She speaks Telugu at home and would like to major in marketing.  Anvita loves writing for a variety of sections, including writing opinion columns, reviews on music albums, and feature stories. She would like to expand to movie reviews this year. Over her years of experience on The Sidekick, she has discovered new horizons for writing and design for communication and self expression.  It also gave her a way to connect with Coppell high school and its students.  The Sidekick challenged her to break out and talk to people outside of her social circles. You can contact her at [email protected], or @anvitabondada on Instagram.  

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